Prototyping and refining responses to disadvantage in Australia is still counter-cultural.
Most responses are planned and then rolled-out for piloting, meaning that we don’t know whether they will work to achieve outcomes until a great deal of money and time has been invested.
Prototyping offers a way to try, test and learn about potential solutions quickly and with a relatively small investment.
However it also requires a degree of openness to try something different and confidence to learn by doing. So, the response to this project was for one local body to prototype just one response, so that they could build their confidence and capacity in prototyping. The outcomes from this prototyping phase have not yet been released.